The Bitterroots

The Bitterroots A riveting new novel from the New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award winning author Former police officer Cassie Dewell is trying to start over with her own private investigation firm Guilty about

  • Title: The Bitterroots
  • Author: C.J. Box
  • ISBN: 1250051053
  • Page: 379
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A riveting new novel from the New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award winning author.Former police officer Cassie Dewell is trying to start over with her own private investigation firm Guilty about not seeing her son and exhausted by the nights on stakeout, Cassie is nontheless managinguntil an old friend calls in a favor she wants Cassie to help exonarate a man ac A riveting new novel from the New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award winning author.Former police officer Cassie Dewell is trying to start over with her own private investigation firm Guilty about not seeing her son and exhausted by the nights on stakeout, Cassie is nontheless managinguntil an old friend calls in a favor she wants Cassie to help exonarate a man accused of assaulting a young girl from an influential family Against her own better judgment, Cassie agrees But out in the Big Sky Country of Montana, twisted family loyalty runs as deep as the ties to the land, and there s always something to the story As Cassie attempts to uncover the truth, she must fight against the ghosts of her own past that threaten to pull her back under Get A Copy Kindle Store 14.99 StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisIndigoBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Hardcover, 310 pages Published August 13th 2019 by Minotaur Books More Details ISBN 1250051053 ISBN13 9781250051059 Edition Language English Series The Highway Quartet 5 Other Editions 10 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail Edit Details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Bitterroots, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Do you need to read the prior Cassie Dewell books before reading this one like 22 days ago See all 2 answers Larry Hopkins No but it would be helpful flag See all 3 questions about The Bitterroots Lists with This Book ATY 2020 Two Word Titles Starting with The 359 books 34 voters Best books of 2019 445 books 682 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 4.18 Rating details 1,258 ratings 157 reviews All LanguagesEnglish 153 More filters Sort order Aug 19, 2019 Deb rated it really liked it Box wrote another good book with this one It had a couple of twists that made it interesting I felt that the ending was rushed, though, and seemed vague or kind of glossed over And I found it annoying when he used the word toxic so often in describing the people flag 12 likesLike see review View 1 comment Aug 06, 2019 Laura Rash rated it it was amazing Box hits it out of the park again with this latest installment of the Cassie Dewell series All kinds of dirty family secrets come to a head and an ending that leaves you shaking your head with amazement of how it all goes down Thanks to Minotaur for this early copy flag 10 likesLike see review Jul 25, 2019 Tonya Lucas rated it it was amazing Opening up a C J Box book is like turning on your favorite movie.The intense anticipation is one of a kind, one you know you ll be pulled in and held captivated until the final scene.Now that she has her own Private Investigative Company, Cassie Dewell is trying to piece her and Ben s lives back together after the harrowing ordeal with a serial killer, The Lizard King, a notorious long haul truck driver who wrecked havoc across the country s highways and truck stops However, her peace of mind Opening up a C J Box book is like turning on your favorite movie.The intense anticipation is one of a kind, one you know you ll be pulled in and held captivated until the final scene.Now that she has her own Private Investigative Company, Cassie Dewell is trying to piece her and Ben s lives back together after the harrowing ordeal with a serial killer, The Lizard King, a notorious long haul truck driver who wrecked havoc across the country s highways and truck stops However, her peace of mind may be cut too short Cassie has taken on a case up in The Bitterroots Mountains, a case that will lead her into an evil cliquish territory C J Box has created an amazing plot, intertwined with a nail biting conclusion, which will raise the hair on the back of his reader s necks I received an arc copy of Bitterroots in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley flag 7 likesLike see review Jun 23, 2019 Sharon Mensing rated it it was amazing An old friend calls in a debt, and Cassie Dewell leaves the comfort of her new business as a PI in Helena, Montana, to look into the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a member of an influential family in a small, rural community After the intensity of her previous job in law enforcement, her business conducting investigations for insurance companies and car dealerships feels like a breath of fresh air As she heads into the Bitterroot mountains, where a fire is raging, that fresh air disa An old friend calls in a debt, and Cassie Dewell leaves the comfort of her new business as a PI in Helena, Montana, to look into the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a member of an influential family in a small, rural community After the intensity of her previous job in law enforcement, her business conducting investigations for insurance companies and car dealerships feels like a breath of fresh air As she heads into the Bitterroot mountains, where a fire is raging, that fresh air disappears both literally and metaphorically The family of the accused is the worst kind of dysfunctional, and there s a trucker who seems bent on killing Cassie and her family, harkening back to her stressful days chasing a serial rapist and murdering trucker After a slow start filling in Cassie s history, Box shifts into high gear, pulling the plot lines together while writing lyrically of the western landscape This review first appeared in Library Journal flag 7 likesLike see review Aug 14, 2019 3 no 7 rated it it was amazing The Bitterroots by C J Box is the fourth book in the Cassie Dewell series Each book can be read individually, and all feature Cassie Dewell, whose previous career in law enforcement was intense and tumultuous as she pursued and apprehended a serial rapist and murderer who operated as a long haul trucker She is still haunted by his menacing presence every time an eighteen wheeler thunders by her on the highway A quick but thorough history of the events between the last book and this one de The Bitterroots by C J Box is the fourth book in the Cassie Dewell series Each book can be read individually, and all feature Cassie Dewell, whose previous career in law enforcement was intense and tumultuous as she pursued and apprehended a serial rapist and murderer who operated as a long haul trucker She is still haunted by his menacing presence every time an eighteen wheeler thunders by her on the highway A quick but thorough history of the events between the last book and this one details just how Dewell reached her status as a licensed private investigator in Bozeman, Montana Dewell finds herself with a case far removed from her usual skip trace clients when a friend asks her to investigate the arrest of Blake Kleinsasser, the oldest son in a prominent family who owns a huge ranch near Bitterroot Range Kleinsasser, who left the family business to run a successful hedge fund, is charged with scandalously inappropriate behavior with a minor relative Dewell s job is not to determine his guilt or innocence, but to assure that every step taken by the prosecutor is legal, one hundred percent by the book Box pulls readers into the distasteful investigation as Dewell interviews participants and learns than she ever wanted to know about the Kleinsasser Family Trust The Kleinsassers remind her of a cult than a family Dewell discovers that what really binds the family together is envy, resentment, and hate.The geography of Montana plays an important part in the story with mountains, valleys, rivers, and plains, pushed together as if jammed against a wall It is the Summer of Fire in Montana, with long fire lines that extend across the mountains and layers of smoke that give the impression of truncated buttes not mountains The fire seemed like a living thing, a snake, a nocturnal beast alive at night than during the day It burned bright enough that it stained the bellies of low hanging clouds with pink hues Readers can use Google Earth to absorb the intensity of the massive mountains and the intervening valleys follow the road as Dewell choses to leave Interstate Highway 90 after Butte and cuts south and west on two lane state roads, or take a casual look around Deer lodge prison farm and Lolo Hot Springs Box keeps Dwell s sense of justice and respect for the law remained intact, but pushes her to the limit as she uncovers inconsistencies in the statement of a girl who was likely traumatized and contends with a family that is toxic, twisted, and paranoid Box pushes readers to the limit as a massive eighteen wheel tractor trailer, a black Peterbilt tractor, with a boxy cab and long nose like the lizard king s, idles on a suburban street and the driver watches a neighborhood school with his eyes The Bitterroots starts as a routine investigation for Dewell and gains momentum until it the crushing, traumatic ending When the Montana smoke clears, there is surprise for everyone I received a review copy of The Bitterroots from C J Box, St Martin s Press, and Minotaur Books Box has written a detailed, intense story that moves quickly and authoritatively The geography is stunning, the characters complex, and the plot compelling It is a book for new readers and die hard Box fans alike flag 5 likesLike see review View 1 comment May 25, 2019 Tim rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves box c j, net galley This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review.THE BITTERROOTS by C.J Box is the follow up to Paradise Valley the fourth book in The Highway Quartet series that began with the late Cody Hoyt still mad at the author about his demise , and continued with Cassie Dewell, a strong and capable woman who is able to excel in her position despite having to withstand the good ole boys prevalent in both the law enforcement agencies and pretty much everywhere I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review.THE BITTERROOTS by C.J Box is the follow up to Paradise Valley the fourth book in The Highway Quartet series that began with the late Cody Hoyt still mad at the author about his demise , and continued with Cassie Dewell, a strong and capable woman who is able to excel in her position despite having to withstand the good ole boys prevalent in both the law enforcement agencies and pretty much everywhere in the wild rugged Montana region she works within.Cassie is a single mother with a teenage son Ben, and is recovering from PTSD after finally bringing down the Lizard King , a long distance trucker and serial killer that preyed on lot lizards at truck stops primarily, and his reign of terror ran far and wide until Cassie outlasted him in the end.Rachel Mitchell is a defense attorney that Cassie owes a previous debt to, and now that she is no longer with the Sheriff s department but is a private investigator, she is bound to work on a case at Rachel s request with an understanding that this is a one off and all debts are paid in full.Blake Kleinsasser is a wealthy man from a prominent ranching family who turned his back on his family s business to get an education and find success on his own something his family will never forgive him for.Blake, in spite of his education and riches, is pretty universally thought of as a despicable individual, which doesn t help him out very much once he s accused of raping his 15 year old niece Franny.Seemingly a slam dunk case, Cassie loathes the thought of working on behalf of Blake and assumes his guilt until investigation into his family reveals financial reasons the family could benefit from his conviction of that particular crime.Can Cassie find it within herself to stay with the case, or will her dislike for Blake and working on behalf of a defense attorney prove to be than she can accept C.J Box has written another strong novel involving Cassie that was pretty much a pick it up and read straight through novel like the others in both this series and the Joe Pickett books.I d recommend this to all fans of the author s previous work, and while this book follows up on others previously written, this would still be a good starting point for those unfamiliar with the author s previous novels.5 stars flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 28, 2019 Abibliofob rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arc Wow, what a ride I usually prefer the Joe Pickett series but this one is great What a way to tell a story and keep the reader wondering about earlier events coming back or not I must recommend this to all my followers flag 5 likesLike see review Aug 15, 2019 Charlsa rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley The backdrop of a nearby forest fire lends this 5th installment of the Cassie Dewell series an air of urgency and imminent danger Cassie finds herself investigating a long established and powerful family on their turf As with all books authored by C.J Box , you find yourself drawn in by the characters, the well developed plots, and even the character of the locations Family members with deeply buried secrets and dark hearts keeps the readers following the storyline for just one pageo The backdrop of a nearby forest fire lends this 5th installment of the Cassie Dewell series an air of urgency and imminent danger Cassie finds herself investigating a long established and powerful family on their turf As with all books authored by C.J Box , you find yourself drawn in by the characters, the well developed plots, and even the character of the locations Family members with deeply buried secrets and dark hearts keeps the readers following the storyline for just one pageone pageone page Just when you think you ve solved the crime, Box throws another twist to the plot that leaves your skin crawling I don t know if I m impressed or frightened that Box can write characters as endearing as Joe Pickett Joe Pickett series and as deranged, twisted, and downright creepy as the characters we ve seen in the Cassie Dewell series and the stand alone Blue Heaven Thank you to NetGalley and Manotaur Books for an Advanced Readers Copy of this book in exchange for my honest review flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment May 25, 2019 Tim rated it it was amazing Shelves box c j, net galley I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review.THE BITTERROOTS by C.J Box is the follow up to Paradise Valley the fourth book in The Highway Quartet series that began with the late Cody Hoyt still mad at the author about his demise , and continued with Cassie Dewell, a strong and capable woman who is able to excel in her position despite having to withstand the good ole boys prevalent in both the law enforcement agencies and pretty much everywhere I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review.THE BITTERROOTS by C.J Box is the follow up to Paradise Valley the fourth book in The Highway Quartet series that began with the late Cody Hoyt still mad at the author about his demise , and continued with Cassie Dewell, a strong and capable woman who is able to excel in her position despite having to withstand the good ole boys prevalent in both the law enforcement agencies and pretty much everywhere in the wild rugged Montana region she works within.Cassie is a single mother with a teenage son Ben, and is recovering from PTSD after finally bringing down the Lizard King , a long distance trucker and serial killer that preyed on lot lizards at truck stops primarily, and his reign of terror ran far and wide until Cassie outlasted him in the end.Rachel Mitchell is a defense attorney that Cassie owes a previous debt to, and now that she is no longer with the Sheriff s department but is a private investigator, she is bound to work on a case at Rachel s request with an understanding that this is a one off and all debts are paid in full.Blake Kleinsasser is a wealthy man from a prominent ranching family who turned his back on his family s business to get an education and find success on his own something his family will never forgive him for.Blake, in spite of his education and riches, is pretty universally thought of as a despicable individual, which doesn t help him out very much once he s accused of raping his 15 year old niece Franny.Seemingly a slam dunk case, Cassie loathes the thought of working on behalf of Blake and assumes his guilt until investigation into his family reveals financial reasons the family could benefit from his conviction of that particular crime.Can Cassie find it within herself to stay with the case, or will her dislike for Blake and working on behalf of a defense attorney prove to be than she can accept C.J Box has written another strong novel involving Cassie that was pretty much a pick it up and read straight through novel like the others in both this series and the Joe Pickett books.I d recommend this to all fans of the author s previous work, and while this book follows up on others previously written, this would still be a good starting point for those unfamiliar with the author s previous novels.5 stars flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 13, 2019 Christine Queen of Books rated it really liked it Shelves arc, own, mystery Thank you to Minotaur for a free arc of this title for reviewA book that will make you forget your bedtime I d seen him around, but this was my first C J Box It s part of a series focused on PI Cassie, but I dove in with book 4 and felt that worked fine Cassie s called to investigate a case against Blake, the oldest son of a prominent ranch family She doesn t want to take the job working for his defense but agrees to give the evidence against him a sniff test.Sounds pretty mellow so far, Thank you to Minotaur for a free arc of this title for reviewA book that will make you forget your bedtime I d seen him around, but this was my first C J Box It s part of a series focused on PI Cassie, but I dove in with book 4 and felt that worked fine Cassie s called to investigate a case against Blake, the oldest son of a prominent ranch family She doesn t want to take the job working for his defense but agrees to give the evidence against him a sniff test.Sounds pretty mellow so far, right I d say this one starts off quietly, but the action ramps up by the halfway point There s almost this Southern gothic feel, with forest fires ravaging in the distance and this feeling that no one s quite telling the truth and no one is all that safe.This would be a great one to tear through in an afternoon at the beach, or to be creeped out by after dark Four stars it really did make me want to stay up way too late, just to find out what would happen next And I m looking forward to reading some C J Box backlist flag 3 likesLike see review Jul 25, 2019 Kathy rated it really liked it review of another edition 4.5 stars.The Bitterroots by C.J Box is a gritty and suspenseful mystery starring Cassie Dewell.Cassie and her fourteen year old son Ben now live in Bozeman, Montana Wanting to spend time with Ben and set her own hours, Cassie is now a private detective With her latest case wrapped up, Cassie is about to fulfill a debt she owes to defense attorney Rachel Mitchell Very uneasy about working for the defense, Cassie reluctantly agrees to go back over all of the evidence for Rachel s clien 4.5 stars.The Bitterroots by C.J Box is a gritty and suspenseful mystery starring Cassie Dewell.Cassie and her fourteen year old son Ben now live in Bozeman, Montana Wanting to spend time with Ben and set her own hours, Cassie is now a private detective With her latest case wrapped up, Cassie is about to fulfill a debt she owes to defense attorney Rachel Mitchell Very uneasy about working for the defense, Cassie reluctantly agrees to go back over all of the evidence for Rachel s client, Blake Kleinsasser The case is particularly distasteful since Blake has been accused of a particularly horrific crime With a sworn statement from the victim and a seemingly airtight case, Cassie is certain of Blake s guilt Heading to Lochsa County, she arranges to meet Sheriff Ben Wagy who is very reluctant to co operate with her Cassie then requests to talk to the Blake s older brother, John Wayne and his sister, Cheyenne With her investigation being stonewalled, Cassie cannot help but wonder what everyone is trying to hide.Cassie is an intelligent, stubborn and highly skilled investigator who refuses to allow anyone to push her around Despite the obstacles she faces, she does not cut corners or skirt the law as she takes a close look at the evidence against Blake She does not particularly like Sheriff Wagy but she is respectful even though he is dismissive and rude to her But the deeper she digs into the case, Cassie becomes troubled by some inconsistencies she uncovers She is also very disturbed by the Kleinsasser family s reactions to her presence in town Cassie is determined to discover the truth but will she emerge from this case unscathed The Bitterroots is an absorbing mystery with a tautly woven plot and a vibrant setting Cassie is an excellent investigator with plenty of experience but even she is stunned by depravity and corruption awaiting her in Lochsa County With some wicked twists and shocking turns, C.J Box brings this clever mystery to a realistic conclusion Another brilliant mystery starring Cassie Dewell that old and new fans are sure to enjoy flag 2 likesLike see review View 2 comments Aug 02, 2019 Donna Hines rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves arc, netgalley It s like the Hatfields and the McCoys with a raging inner battle that is about much than merely land rights You know the line Money is at the root of all evil Don t forget it Cassie is a former sheriff investigator with her own private practice She enjoys being her own boss until one day she s asked to help exonerate a wealthy man who is accused of sexual assault against a young women.That young woman is no random person as she s his very own 15yo niece Franny.As the tension escalate It s like the Hatfields and the McCoys with a raging inner battle that is about much than merely land rights You know the line Money is at the root of all evil Don t forget it Cassie is a former sheriff investigator with her own private practice She enjoys being her own boss until one day she s asked to help exonerate a wealthy man who is accused of sexual assault against a young women.That young woman is no random person as she s his very own 15yo niece Franny.As the tension escalates CJ Box ratchets up the action with a wild off the hand trucker who is determined to silence Cassie and the crew.It s after all Bitterroot Mountains a rural area in Montana known for its twisted family roots and larger than life individuals.The bigger they are the harder they fall has always been my fav quote and that one seems quite fitting here as nobody is above the law You know the other quote, you can run but you can t hidely that one too While not everyone is guilty of a crime, and everyone has due process rights, this is one for the books as Blake the black sheep of the Kleinsassers may truly be innocent.However, it takes a skilled and determined investigator to unravel the mystery surrounding it all.I love the name of the one character John Wayne as it fits like a glove but he s no hero in this one.You know my other fav quote No Money talks and BS walks so while the Earth may have plenty of money makers in its wake it also has some truly bad people.I love how this winds around like a snake in the grassPerfect thriller from the Master of his Craft.Thank you so much CJ Box and his publishers for this ARC copy via Netgalley in exchange for this honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 22, 2019 Cheryl rated it it was amazing Toxic family extraordinaireThis is the fourth book in the Cassie Dewell series It takes place two years after the events in PARADISE VALLEY.Cassie got her Private Investigator license The family, including 14 year old Ben and grandma Isabel are now living in Bozeman, Montana.Cassie is called by an old friend and talked into looking into a rape case, which Cassie does not want to take But she ends up taking the case and heads to a small town in Montana and a region ruled by the huge landowner Toxic family extraordinaireThis is the fourth book in the Cassie Dewell series It takes place two years after the events in PARADISE VALLEY.Cassie got her Private Investigator license The family, including 14 year old Ben and grandma Isabel are now living in Bozeman, Montana.Cassie is called by an old friend and talked into looking into a rape case, which Cassie does not want to take But she ends up taking the case and heads to a small town in Montana and a region ruled by the huge landowner there And things get dangerous day by day while she s there, not knowing who to trust.I still like the Joe Pickett series by author Box the best I ve read all of his books But Cassie is a favorite of mine, too.This tale is full of some truly nasty people The old saying about being able to choose our friends but we re stuck with our family really holds true on these pages.As always, Box has created three dimensional characters, both good and bad, and also, he gives quite a tour through the state of Montana.This was a great story and I highly recommend it.I received this book from Minotaur Books through Edelweiss in the hopes that I would read it and leave an unbiased review flag 2 likesLike see review James Thane Nice review, Cheryl Sounds like a good one Aug 27, 2019 01 50PM Cheryl James, I think I ve liked all of C.J Box s books so far.Cheryl Aug 27, 2019 02 42PM Aug 17, 2019 Randi randi_reads rated it really liked it This was my first read by C.J Box and I highly enjoyed it It took a little bit in the beginning for me to get invested in the story, but when it got good, I was hooked.Private Investigator Cassie Dewell is summoned by defense attorney, Rachel Mitchell, to help her out with a case And not just any case, a man from a prominent family, Blake Kleinsasser, is accused of molesting and sexually assaulting his fifteen year old niece Rachel wants Cassie to investigate the circumstances of his arrest This was my first read by C.J Box and I highly enjoyed it It took a little bit in the beginning for me to get invested in the story, but when it got good, I was hooked.Private Investigator Cassie Dewell is summoned by defense attorney, Rachel Mitchell, to help her out with a case And not just any case, a man from a prominent family, Blake Kleinsasser, is accused of molesting and sexually assaulting his fifteen year old niece Rachel wants Cassie to investigate the circumstances of his arrest and make sure nothing was missed When Cassie makes the trip to Lochsa County where the incident happened , is when this story really got interesting All is not on the up and up in Lochsa County, but Cassie is determined to see her investigation through when it s obvious someone or someone s do not want her to finish and want her gone even if it means death.Thank you to Minotaur Books for sending me a physical arc in exchange for an honest review I would definitely recommend this book Though it was the middle of a series, I didn t feel like it was necessary to have read prior books to enjoy this one flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 17, 2019 Dindy rated it really liked it Shelves vine, mystery This novel has everything an unsavory and unlikable defendant with a hopeless case, an evil and unsavory family, mean and threatening, almost surely corrupt local officials, and a great setting in Montana.Private Detective Cassie Dewell is a strong character She doesn t back down and persists until she gets answers to her questions Men don t often do a good job of writing women characters, but C.J Box does okay with her He even manages to make her teen aged son realistic not totally obnoxio This novel has everything an unsavory and unlikable defendant with a hopeless case, an evil and unsavory family, mean and threatening, almost surely corrupt local officials, and a great setting in Montana.Private Detective Cassie Dewell is a strong character She doesn t back down and persists until she gets answers to her questions Men don t often do a good job of writing women characters, but C.J Box does okay with her He even manages to make her teen aged son realistic not totally obnoxious, an overall good kid, but still dealing with teen issues and struggling with teen attitude I only had 2 problems with this book, and they are really tied together First, the ending seemed very dux ex machina almost with Cassie finally finding someone who spilled all the beans Second, without giving spoilers, the location of Frannie, the accuser, and the subsequent revelation by Cassie was just a bit too convenient trying not to give spoilers.I can t say the ending was totally satisfactory, but it was realistic I look forward to reading in the series.Thank you to St Martins for an advanced review copy in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 22, 2019 Val rated it really liked it Shelves fiction, 2019, crime, series, pi Note to self Never even slow down while driving through Lochsa CountyAs a former law enforcement officer, Cassie doesn t want to work for a defense attorney Especially on a case where a man has been arrested for raping his 15 year old niece However, Rachel assures Cassie she doesn t have to dig up exculpatory evidence, but just follow the trail where it leads Assure me that there are no holes in the case, the lawyer says, and I ll talk my client into a plea deal Once in Lochsa County Note to self Never even slow down while driving through Lochsa CountyAs a former law enforcement officer, Cassie doesn t want to work for a defense attorney Especially on a case where a man has been arrested for raping his 15 year old niece However, Rachel assures Cassie she doesn t have to dig up exculpatory evidence, but just follow the trail where it leads Assure me that there are no holes in the case, the lawyer says, and I ll talk my client into a plea deal Once in Lochsa County Cassie finds herself hitting brick wall after brick wall in her investigation She can t figure out why everyone in town is taking the trouble to thwart the investigation of a case that is as rock solid as this one s supposed to be Cassie isn t one to back down, however, and there are plenty of twists and turns leading to the very end flag 5 likesLike see review Aug 22, 2019 Karen Rush rated it it was amazing Cassie Dewell, former cop, now private detective, is uncomfortable working for aggressive defense attorneys She is investigating an assault in a small town where one family is in control of the entire valley Cassie still sees things from a police officer perspective and wants to validate investigative procedure, due diligence and that evidence is properly obtained There are unscrupulous people trying to intimidate and force her to back down Many twists and turns and a great plot.This is my 2 Cassie Dewell, former cop, now private detective, is uncomfortable working for aggressive defense attorneys She is investigating an assault in a small town where one family is in control of the entire valley Cassie still sees things from a police officer perspective and wants to validate investigative procedure, due diligence and that evidence is properly obtained There are unscrupulous people trying to intimidate and force her to back down Many twists and turns and a great plot.This is my 2nd C.J Box book and I am loving this author Box stunningly describes Montana, the Northwest, surrounding valleys and mountains with the backdrop of fires burning through timbered areas flag 7 likesLike see review Jul 10, 2019 Heike rated it really liked it Shelves super natural, arc, edition e book When Cassie investigates the case of a child molester for an old friend, she does not expect to do than validate known facts to put the perpetrator behind bars But while she is asking questions the people involved act peculiar, and someone seems to be very adamant to scare her off, even going as far as threatening her life Instead of retreating Cassie stubbornly stays on the case.Fast paced and entertaining story, well written page turner, highly recommended flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 15, 2019 Darcy rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves private security investigator, mystery, audio book, listened to at work, 2019 Manso much of this one wasn t what it seemed I liked that through it all Cassie stayed true to what she thought was right By doing that she found out what really happened, was often in danger and seemed to find people that were just rotten to the core I was happy that at the end of the day she was able to leave them and go home where things were much better for her flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 17, 2019 Sue Dix rated it really liked it When you buy a book because you thought it was by a different author but it turns out to be a really good read and you think you really need to buy some books in the series, you know you re a true book nerd Also, I can t believe I read this one out of order Still, Cassie Dewell is my new favorite detective flag 2 likesLike see review Cheryl Too funny to come across your great review today Was just thinking as I watered my flowers this morning that I really want to get to this series Aug 29, 2019 09 04AM Sue Dix Cheryl wrote Too funny to come across your great review today Was just thinking as I watered my flowers this morning that I really want to get to t Cheryl wrote Too funny to come across your great review today Was just thinking as I watered my flowers this morning that I really want to get to this series It s so good I am going to have to buy the first 3 to get caught up Aug 29, 2019 12 24PM Jun 23, 2019 Anne rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves read in 2019 In Bitterroots Blake Kleinsasser has been accused of raping his 15 year old niece Blake is the oldest son and third generation of a conservative Hutterite family Lawyers and accountants had made their careers representing different factions of the third generation because the legal battles often went on for decades it was the nastiest kind of war brother vs brother, sister vs sister Private investigator Cassie Dewell has been hired by his defense attorney to see if there are any gaps in the In Bitterroots Blake Kleinsasser has been accused of raping his 15 year old niece Blake is the oldest son and third generation of a conservative Hutterite family Lawyers and accountants had made their careers representing different factions of the third generation because the legal battles often went on for decades it was the nastiest kind of war brother vs brother, sister vs sister Private investigator Cassie Dewell has been hired by his defense attorney to see if there are any gaps in the evidence that might give them leverage at his trial If you read C J Box s ongoing series you know that he can spin a yarn This is not his main series Joe Pickett so it seems this one is less complex and shorter, and yet he has still created a story that carries the reader to the final satisfying conclusion with glimpses of Montana scenery along the way Thank you to macmillanusa for this advancereaderscopy flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 31, 2019 Bookreporter Mystery Thriller rated it really liked it If you read THE BITTERROOTS carefully, you will find a similarity between former sheriff s investigator and current PI Cassie Dewell and Colorado game warden Joe Pickett C J Box is the creator of both, and could have played it safe and tight by making Cassie a female model of Pickett, figuring that the Montana background would provide some cover But Box has an understated yet very real talent for creating unique characters with a flaw or two that makes them all too human, and has been doing If you read THE BITTERROOTS carefully, you will find a similarity between former sheriff s investigator and current PI Cassie Dewell and Colorado game warden Joe Pickett C J Box is the creator of both, and could have played it safe and tight by making Cassie a female model of Pickett, figuring that the Montana background would provide some cover But Box has an understated yet very real talent for creating unique characters with a flaw or two that makes them all too human, and has been doing so with Cassie for the last several years As I said, there is a similarity between the characters a flaw that they share but you ll have to look closely to zero in on itE BITTERROOTS is the fourth book to feature Cassie Dewell, who has left her old job in law enforcement in the rearview mirror While she can set her own hours as a private investigator, sometimes those hours set her, a tough deal for a single mother with a son on the cusp of adolescence It is especially tough here when defense attorney Rachel Mitchell calls in a chit that Cassie owes her Rachel s boutique law firm has obtained some acquittals in a number of high profile criminal cases They may have taken on the wrong client, though, when they agree to represent Blake Kleinsasser.Blake is a fortunate son, being the designated heir to a prosperous and powerful ranching family in Montana He angered his father and siblings when he left and made a fortune in the New York financial markets He recently returned to Montana to offer his assistance in straightening out some estate matters, but was arrested and charged with assaulting his niece Blake vehemently denies the charges and insists that he is being set up by his family so he can be aced out of his inheritance.Cassie very reluctantly agrees to investigate the charges and the police investigation She is met with hostility not only from Blake s family, but also from local law enforcement, who are solidly in the camp of the Kleinsassers Cassie is initially all but certain that Blake is guilty, but a nudge here and a blink there slowly convinces her that the case against him isn t quite as strong as it was represented to be.Meanwhile, Isabel, Cassie s hippie mother, is butting heads with Ben, Cassie s son, who is undergoing some teenage problems of his own There is also an omnipresent and threatening truck driver who seems to be everywhere that Cassie is and who may or may not be the ghost of one of her past adversaries Cassie is nothing if not tenacious, and the fact that the Kleinsasser family and local law enforcement seem united against her makes her dig deeper, even when her own employer tries to call her off for her own safety It may result in her undoing, and you will race to the last page to find out.Cassie Dewell won t necessarily make you forget all about your favorite Wyoming game warden, but two Box books in one year make for plenty of good reading While this one is complete in itself, there is a plot thread or maybe than one that could serve as the launching point for a future installment in the series, thus whispering a promise that Box will take his multitude of readers to Montana again and again.Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 01, 2019 Roger rated it liked it Cassie Dewell takes centerstage again in THE BITTERROOTS, the fourth time she takes the lead in one of the increasingly prolific C J Box s books He is now producing annual books in two distinct series Cassie Dewell is an approachable hero, beset by the kind of quotidian dilemmas most of us face on a daily basis except, she also chases serial killers and solves criminal conspiracies.As is typical for C J Box, this in an eminently readable book that captures the reader quickly It can be re Cassie Dewell takes centerstage again in THE BITTERROOTS, the fourth time she takes the lead in one of the increasingly prolific C J Box s books He is now producing annual books in two distinct series Cassie Dewell is an approachable hero, beset by the kind of quotidian dilemmas most of us face on a daily basis except, she also chases serial killers and solves criminal conspiracies.As is typical for C J Box, this in an eminently readable book that captures the reader quickly It can be read quickly, too As this story begins, Dewell has landed on her feet after defeating the truck driving serial killer, the Lizard King That experience should have been acknowledged as a successful professional achievement, but bureaucratic politics left her embittered and fighting for her reputation Absolved of any wrong doing, she nonetheless left her job in North Dakota and left public law enforcement She established her own private investigation company and moved to Bozeman, Montana The company is an early success, though the work is often mundane and sometimes a bit sordid At home, she is balancing her work requirements against the emotional rollercoasters of a teenage son and a mother stuck in Haight Ashbury.A connection with a local law firm ends up with Cassie traveling to far western Montana, to the Bitterroots area, a region remote even by Montana standards Her objective is to look into accusations of rape against her law firm s client, a wealthy member of a prominent family, who is singularly repellent until you meet the rest of the family Cassie uncovers a criminal conspiracy, mostly via dogged persistence, though at times it seems as if clues fall right at her feet There are several coincidences in this book that readers should just accept because they do not stand up to prolonged consideration.Box is best at presenting Dewell as a heroic every woman, and at writing scenes that reveal the obstacles and dangers women face and that men do not, or at least do not with the same intensity Without going into too much detail, one such example occurs when Dewell encounters a police stop on a remote highway.The plot does seem to meander a bit, and then the conclusion comes forth in a rush through the last few pages, even including a plot twist that accentuates the slam bam pace One sub plot plays on Dewell s continued post traumatic stress from her Lizard King investigation, and there is much foreshadowing of a violent catastrophe The catastrophe does not happen, as this sub plot is resolved righteously but quickly It does not match the buildup But that fits with Cassie Dewell s modus operandi She does not solve crimes in dramatic fashion Rather, she stubbornly moves forward until the end is in sight.In the midst of allthe violence and evil,Cassie takes a stand flag Like see review Aug 23, 2019 Randall Moore rated it it was amazing review of another edition The Bitterroots by C.J Box features Cassie Dewel, who took over from the late Cody Hoyt after he was murdered while investigating a long haul truck driver who turned out to be a serial killer Cassie is finished with law enforcement and is now a private detective working out of Bozeman, Montana She s still struggling to get established and has formed an alliance with Rachel Mitchell, a defense attorney in Bozeman Working for the defense grates on her and even so when Rachel asks Cassie t The Bitterroots by C.J Box features Cassie Dewel, who took over from the late Cody Hoyt after he was murdered while investigating a long haul truck driver who turned out to be a serial killer Cassie is finished with law enforcement and is now a private detective working out of Bozeman, Montana She s still struggling to get established and has formed an alliance with Rachel Mitchell, a defense attorney in Bozeman Working for the defense grates on her and even so when Rachel asks Cassie to look into the case of Blake Kleinsasser, the prodigal son of a prominent Lochsa County family, who s been accused of raping his 15 year old niece Cassie only agrees to take on the case after Rachel tells her she wants her to check the evidence so she can convince the defendant to take a plea Cassie s not far removed from being a police officer herself and figures the evidence will demonstrate that this is an open and shut case, especially after meeting the arrogant Blake.Cassie s challenges as a single mother raising her son, Ben, with the help of her elderly ex hippie mother, Isabel, both anchors her life and threatens to careen out of control Ben s trying to find a way to fit in at a new high school and has few friends with one great exception another new student, a girl, Erin Reese.Like the Joe Pickett series, Box has an eye for detail including regional history and wry observations of life in the less populated parts of the country where his stories primarily take place I haven t checked all the locations but wouldn t be surprised if some of them were as fictional as 12 Sleep County, Joe Pickett s home The point is that it doesn t really matter Box knows his country and countrymen and tells his tales with detail and precision The treatment of texts between characters is convincingly done.Since this is a crime thriller it s no surprise that Lochsa County is a murky swamp of a place where the smoke of wildfires broods and corrupts almost as much as the family at the heart of the story The characters are well observed and convincing Box has fashioned several surprises that keep you turning the pages Those who are familiar with the works of C.J Box know that lurking in small towns are characters every bit as dangerous as what you might encounter in a dark alley in a major city Box doesn t disappoint and this reader welcomes each new novel flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 11, 2019 David Lowrey rated it it was amazing This was a really good book I read the prequel, Badlands, and I have always felt that that book was one of Box s best efforts and his finest of all The protagonist, Cassie Sewell, a deputy in an oil boom town of North Dakota, battles the lizard king, a trucker who kidnaps, rapes, and murders truck stop prostitutes It s a particularly good book because of the richness of Cassie s character a female cop in a man s world, widowed, struggling to bring up her son with her mother s help.The Biit This was a really good book I read the prequel, Badlands, and I have always felt that that book was one of Box s best efforts and his finest of all The protagonist, Cassie Sewell, a deputy in an oil boom town of North Dakota, battles the lizard king, a trucker who kidnaps, rapes, and murders truck stop prostitutes It s a particularly good book because of the richness of Cassie s character a female cop in a man s world, widowed, struggling to bring up her son with her mother s help.The Biitteroots shows us Cassie a year or two later after she quit her job and moved to Bozeman, Montana She becomes a private investigator and the beginning of the book shows us her in action against a bail jumper She is called in by a fierce woman lawyer who has to defend an accused rapist Cassie is disgusted with the man who appears obviously guilty, yet she agrees to investigate the case Once she arrives in the mountainous backwater of Western Montana she runs afoul of the local rancher and his family who or less dominate the politics and economy of the area I won t go into detail, but Cassie is clearly abused by these ranchers in an effort to hide the truth of the case from her She has too overcome and find the truth of the crime.C J Box is a well known writer with a lot of fans, but I don t think he has written a better book than The Bitterroots I could not put this book down as I was fascinated and generally fearful for Cassie even up to the end of the book There are a number of excellent plot twists and salty Montana characters to hold the reader s interest I highly recommend this book read it you won t be sorry 5 5 Stars Read this and other book reviews on bookgeist flag Like see review Aug 22, 2019 Sue rated it liked it Shelves popsugar 2019 If you ve read C.J Box s Joe Pickett series, know that this is completely different in tone The Bitterroots is book 5 in the Highway Quartet series I know, 5 in a quartet The main character, Cassie Dewell, is introduced in book 3 You don t need to read the others Box does a great job of filling in the necessary details from the earlier books but it would help you get the feel of this series.Cassie is now a private investigator, living and working in Montana As with Box s Pickett serie If you ve read C.J Box s Joe Pickett series, know that this is completely different in tone The Bitterroots is book 5 in the Highway Quartet series I know, 5 in a quartet The main character, Cassie Dewell, is introduced in book 3 You don t need to read the others Box does a great job of filling in the necessary details from the earlier books but it would help you get the feel of this series.Cassie is now a private investigator, living and working in Montana As with Box s Pickett series, the setting is a character in the novel Here, Montana is on fire great wildfires burning the mountainsides Cassie is asked by a defense attorney to do the investigation into the circumstances behind the arrest of a man accused of raping his 15 year old niece As a former cop, Cassie is not in favor of helping a man like that, but the lawyer makes it clear that she only wants Cassie to get to the truth Cassie is certain the man is guilty, but she packs up and heads off to investigate But when she is stonewalled, lied to, and arrested for nothing, she begins to rethink the entire situation.Box is a great author, and I really love the Joe Pickett series I don t love the Cassie Dewell novels as much, probably because they are much creepier My one big quibble with The Bitterroots is the resolution is based on a huge coincidence Without it, Cassie doesn t unravel the mystery though it is made clear it would have unraveled anyway I will definitely keep reading the Pickett novels, but I doubt I ll read of Cassie Dewell flag Like see review Aug 08, 2019 Kaye rated it really liked it review of another edition C.J.Box is one of the authors I track, noting when his next book is due and scouting it out I ve read the entire Joe Pickett series, the standalone books Blue Heaven and now the Cassie Dewell quartet.I read Box because I live in the mountain west and he gets it right because every book has along with crime, depravity and suspense solid family ties at its heart and now because he s one of a very small number of male writers who can create convincing female protagonists.A corrupt sher C.J.Box is one of the authors I track, noting when his next book is due and scouting it out I ve read the entire Joe Pickett series, the standalone books Blue Heaven and now the Cassie Dewell quartet.I read Box because I live in the mountain west and he gets it right because every book has along with crime, depravity and suspense solid family ties at its heart and now because he s one of a very small number of male writers who can create convincing female protagonists.A corrupt sheriff s department kowtowing to a single powerful family That s not a scenario that s unique to this setting, the Bitterroot Mountains of western Montana In Box s hands, it s plausible, and so many other details ring true as well There s the sense of claustrophobia that besets so many residents of the wide open plains when they find themselves in dense, towering mountain forests There s also the shift in social atmosphere, where the open, friendly interaction among prairie dwellers shifts to a private, secretive and isolationist vibe among mountain folks.It s all there in The Bitterroots Just don t travel up or down Highway 93 between Missoula and Hamilton looking for Lochsa County it s fictional, although everything else is geographically correct Even if you ve never read C.J Box before, this is good book with which to jump in.Thanks to NetGalley and Minotaur Books for an advance readers copy flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 07, 2019 Kathleen Gray rated it it was amazing Private detective and former cop Cassie Dewell wants no part of exonerating Blake Kleinsasser, who allegedly raped his niece but she feels an obligation to Rachel, an attorney who is the daughter of one of her mentors Rachel, BTW, is the person you want representing you if you re ever in trouble All the evidence points towards Blake s guilt but Cassie agree to go to the crime scene, talk to local law enforcement, and basically make sure that the facts of the case line up so that Rachel can m Private detective and former cop Cassie Dewell wants no part of exonerating Blake Kleinsasser, who allegedly raped his niece but she feels an obligation to Rachel, an attorney who is the daughter of one of her mentors Rachel, BTW, is the person you want representing you if you re ever in trouble All the evidence points towards Blake s guilt but Cassie agree to go to the crime scene, talk to local law enforcement, and basically make sure that the facts of the case line up so that Rachel can make an informed decision about how to proceed Blake, though, makes some good points in their interview and plants just a seed of doubt in her head The Kleinsasser family is a nest of snakes, the rural Montana town where they live is beholden to them, and Cassie finds herself in a deep pot of trouble If you haven t read the earlier books, don t worry because Box will catch you up on why Cassie is frightened by a big rig that is hanging around Her son Ben and her mother are both characters and Ben s romance is an interesting subplot you might guess about but not be sure of Cassie s a great character, the plot has is twisty and unique, there s terrific atmospherics Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC If you re a Box fan, this is another great installment even if you like Joe Pickett try it If you haven t read him before, this is a wonderful opportunity to read one of the best writers of Western procedural crime detective stories flag Like see review Aug 31, 2019 Larry rated it really liked it I m no longer going to count this as a Highway Quartet series These books after the 1st 1 1 2 books are all about Cassie.The Lizard King killed her mentor and Cassie has killed the Lizard King twice Okay, maybe just once but now he is dead After being humiliated and then vindicated by lousy planning by a county DA, Cassie is fed up with being a cop and becomes a PI in North Dakota and Montana and now she is becoming successful Cassie is now being called in for a favor by a defense attorney I m no longer going to count this as a Highway Quartet series These books after the 1st 1 1 2 books are all about Cassie.The Lizard King killed her mentor and Cassie has killed the Lizard King twice Okay, maybe just once but now he is dead After being humiliated and then vindicated by lousy planning by a county DA, Cassie is fed up with being a cop and becomes a PI in North Dakota and Montana and now she is becoming successful Cassie is now being called in for a favor by a defense attorney Blake Kleinsasser has been accused of rape and the evidence is pretty solid Defense attorney Rachel Mitchell is calling in a favor and just wants to make sure the D.A in the county the crime committed did his job Cassie is set on the fact that Kleinsasser is guilty and goes to Lochsa County to meet with the Sherrif, the former attorney, the raped girl, and her family Starting with checking into her hotel room, Cassie feels resistance, and this resistance is coming from the founding fathers of the county, the Kleinsassers.For me, Cassie Dewell never was quite as good as the Joe Picket series, Boxes other series The Bitterroots is just as good as any of the Picket books written I m giving this 4.5 stars, but it could easily be 5 stars, it s just that good.The Bitterroots, by C.J Box, Cassie Dewell Series Book 4 flag Like see review Aug 27, 2019 Kelsie Maxwell rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley read I ve found a new author to add to my favorites list The Bitterroots by C J Box is book four in his Cassie Dewell series I m new to this author, but I love this book and will read others from him Cassie Dewell is a Montana private investigator and former sheriff s deputy She has been contracted by the Mitchell Estrella Law Firm to investigate their latest client, Blake Kleinsasser, who s been accused of molesting and sexually assaulting the fifteen year old daughter of his younger brother I ve found a new author to add to my favorites list The Bitterroots by C J Box is book four in his Cassie Dewell series I m new to this author, but I love this book and will read others from him Cassie Dewell is a Montana private investigator and former sheriff s deputy She has been contracted by the Mitchell Estrella Law Firm to investigate their latest client, Blake Kleinsasser, who s been accused of molesting and sexually assaulting the fifteen year old daughter of his younger brother Cassie is wary of this assignment despite the fact that Rachel Mitchell had assured her that she d never ask her to do work that would offend her sensibilities C J Box makes great use of the Montana scenery The mountains and wildfires are characters unto themselves The human characters are well developed and relatable, if not all likable There are great plot twists Some will have you catching flies with your open mouth Totally unexpected I literally couldn t put it down The Bitterroots is a definite 5 out of 5 and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good thriller My thanks to St Martin s Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine 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and the 2010 Mountains Plains Independent Booksellers Association Award for fiction He was recently awarded the 2016 Western Heritage Award for Literature by the National Cowboy Museum as well as the Spur Award for Best Contemporary Novel by the Western Writers of America in 2017 The novels have been translated into 27 languages Box is a Wyoming native and has worked as a ranch hand, surveyor, fishing guide, a small town newspaper reporter and editor, and he co owns an international tourism marketing firm with his wife Laurie They have three daughters An avid outdoorsman, Box has hunted, fished, hiked, ridden, and skied throughout Wyoming and the Mountain West He served on the Board of Directors for the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo Box lives in Wyoming from the author s websiteSeries Joe Picketthttp uscmillan author cjbox Genres Mystery 27 users Fiction 18 users Thriller 9 users Mystery Crime 6 users See top shelves Books by C.J Box More Trivia About The Bitterroots No trivia or 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      C J Box is the 1 New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels including the Joe Pickett series He won the Edgar Alan Poe Award for Best Novel Blue Heaven, 2009 as well as the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 France , the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, two Barry Awards, and the 2010 Mountains Plains Independent Booksellers Association Award for fiction He was recently awarded the C J Box is the 1 New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels including the Joe Pickett series He won the Edgar Alan Poe Award for Best Novel Blue Heaven, 2009 as well as the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 France , the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, two Barry Awards, and the 2010 Mountains Plains Independent Booksellers Association Award for fiction He was recently awarded the 2016 Western Heritage Award for Literature by the National Cowboy Museum as well as the Spur Award for Best Contemporary Novel by the Western Writers of America in 2017 The novels have been translated into 27 languages Box is a Wyoming native and has worked as a ranch hand, surveyor, fishing guide, a small town newspaper reporter and editor, and he co owns an international tourism marketing firm with his wife Laurie They have three daughters An avid outdoorsman, Box has hunted, fished, hiked, ridden, and skied throughout Wyoming and the Mountain West He served on the Board of Directors for the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo Box lives in Wyoming from the author s websiteSeries Joe Picketthttp uscmillan author cjbox

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    1. Box wrote another good book with this one It had a couple of twists that made it interesting I felt that the ending was rushed, though, and seemed vague or kind of glossed over And I found it annoying when he used the word toxic so often in describing the people.


    2. Box hits it out of the park again with this latest installment of the Cassie Dewell series All kinds of dirty family secrets come to a head and an ending that leaves you shaking your head with amazement of how it all goes down Thanks to Minotaur for this early copy


    3. Opening up a C J Box book is like turning on your favorite movie.The intense anticipation is one of a kind, one you know you ll be pulled in and held captivated until the final scene.Now that she has her own Private Investigative Company, Cassie Dewell is trying to piece her and Ben s lives back together after the harrowing ordeal with a serial killer, The Lizard King, a notorious long haul truck driver who wrecked havoc across the country s highways and truck stops However, her peace of mind Op [...]


    4. An old friend calls in a debt, and Cassie Dewell leaves the comfort of her new business as a PI in Helena, Montana, to look into the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a member of an influential family in a small, rural community After the intensity of her previous job in law enforcement, her business conducting investigations for insurance companies and car dealerships feels like a breath of fresh air As she heads into the Bitterroot mountains, where a fire is raging, that fresh air disa A [...]


    5. The Bitterroots by C J Box is the fourth book in the Cassie Dewell series Each book can be read individually, and all feature Cassie Dewell, whose previous career in law enforcement was intense and tumultuous as she pursued and apprehended a serial rapist and murderer who operated as a long haul trucker She is still haunted by his menacing presence every time an eighteen wheeler thunders by her on the highway A quick but thorough history of the events between the last book and this one de The Bi [...]


    6. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review.THE BITTERROOTS by C.J Box is the follow up to Paradise Valley the fourth book in The Highway Quartet series that began with the late Cody Hoyt still mad at the author about his demise , and continued with Cassie Dewell, a strong and capable woman who is able to excel in her position despite having to withstand the good ole [...]


    7. Wow, what a ride I usually prefer the Joe Pickett series but this one is great What a way to tell a story and keep the reader wondering about earlier events coming back or not I must recommend this to all my followers.


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